Adolescence and Psychoanalysis: The Story and the History

Adolescence and Psychoanalysis: The Story and the History

Adolescence and Psychoanalysis: The Story and the History

Adolescence and Psychoanalysis: The Story and the History

Synopsis

This collection of classic and contemporary essays - from the likes of Freud, Blos and Laufer - makes a major contribution to the reassessment of psychoanalytic understanding and treatment of adults.

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The concern of psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, and psychologists with adolescence is of relatively recent origin. After the foundations had been laid by Freud (1905d), a few note- worthy but isolated publications appeared. a large-scale study of the "adolescent phenomenon" commenced only after the Second World War.

The current plethora of literature on the particular -- or particularly dangerous -- psychic disorders of the adolescent age has tended to distract attention from the specificity of the developmental process with its perils and potentialities. the fundamental texts presented here are intended to fill precisely this gap.

The psychoanalytic contributions presented in this book deal principally with specific aspects of psychic functioning and development in adolescence. Four of the ten texts are original papers that offer a conspectus of our present-day psychoanalytic understanding of the process of adolescence and its vicissitudes. the others have, since their original publication, been essential reading in the field of adolescent psychoanalysis.

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